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COVID-19 Update

Dear Neighbor,

In order to support your families being able to take a deep breath, turn away from constant news updates, and create a new temporary normal, my office will continue sending a daily update on the COVID-19 public health emergency and will post online on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It is my hope that one reliable update each day will allow you to take a deep breath, oversee all that is happening in your own life and home, and have a reliable source of news you can count on to be up to date and accurate. As always, previous updates are on our website and linked beneath the graphic below. 

My greatest concerns right now are your lives and livelihoods. We are working hard to keep you and your loved ones safe, and to fight for our small businesses in an unprecedented crisis. 

In solidarity,

Rep. Robyn Vining 

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Department of Public Instruction - JFC Request

Per our last e-update, we included information about the federal CARES Act providing funding for states in their response to COVID-19 and that the plans for these funds must be submitted by state agencies to the Joint Finance Committee for approval.

The federal CARES Act allocates approximately $175 million for the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for schools across the state. 

My colleague in the legislature and a member of the Joint Finance Committee, Rep. Evan Goyke, recorded a brief video explaining this funding that can be viewed HERE

As Rep. Goyke mentions, there are certain restrictions on how this money can be allocated:  

  • DPI must allocate about 90% of the funds (~$157 million) to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) under the existing Title 1 A federal school funding formula
  • The remaining 10% (~$17.5 million) will go to DPI as they establish a “set-aside” fund to address additional challenges schools are facing
    • This fund will provide a minimum level of financial support for schools that do not receive funding under the Title 1-A formula outlined above
    • DPI proposes to use additional funding to build capacity & expand access to online instructional resources, providing training to educators regarding remote/online learning, & expanding/building capacity for student mental health services 

Department of Natural Resources Update

Today, May 1st, 34 state parks and forests are reopening under special conditions to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The Department of Natural Resources has a new Wisconsin State Park Capacity Update webpage

On this webpage, visitors can check the current capacity status of each property they are interested in visiting. Please note that this information changes frequently, and visitors could be denied entry to a property based on the current on-the-ground situation. The DNR encourages visitors to plan park visits accordingly. 

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7,314 confirmed cases

1,544 hospitalizations (21% of cases)

72.566 negative test results

327 devastating deaths

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 3,044 confirmed cases
Waukesha -  350 confirmed cases

For daily updated information on COVID-19 in Wisconsin, visit the DHS website here. 

Updates on the Badger Bounce Back plan gating criteria can be found HERE


Forward together,

Rep. Robyn Vining


Contact Us: 

State Capitol
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708 

PH: (608) 266-9180
TF: (888) 534-0014

Email: Rep.Vining@legis.wi.gov 
Web: www.vining.assembly.wi.gov 

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